Greenacres Primary Academy (South Pennine Academies)

Encourage, Engage, Empower

The Members

Mr Phil Wheeliker – Chair designate – Academy Ambassador

Phil is a former Royal Air Force Logistics Officer who gained active service experience during the Falklands and the First Gulf War. Subsequently he spent many years within a variety of industries, gaining executive experience in general management, training provision and in business rescue and transformation. A business psychologist and psychotherapist, Phil currently runs a thriving international business specialising in management training, corporate and individual performance coaching and in stress and anxiety control. He is a visiting lecturer for both OPEC in the Far East and the Kuwait National Petroleum Corporation, currently coaching their senior executives to cope better with mounting work pressures.
A qualified Financial Accountant and Chartered Logistician, he also holds an MA in Psychotherapy, an MPhil in Corporate Stress Management and an MBA. In 2017 his expertise was recognised when he was awarded a Doctorate for Services to Psychotherapy and Performance Management.
Having left school himself at 16 to undertake a Factory Administration Apprenticeship, Phil is keen to ensure that our pupils get the best possible start in life. 


Mrs Diane Chapman
Diane brings to the board a wide ranging experience of working voluntarily in the local community, having chaired two boards of trustees in the homeless and sexual abuse sectors. She presently volunteers as a senior mediator for a large not for profit organization and as an independent visitor for Kirklees Child services. She has been the Chair of Governors at Moor End Academy. She is responsible for the Kirklees Registration service and front facing customer service, having worked at a senior manager level within local government for 15 years.

Mrs Rehna Khan
Rehna is a consultant ophthalmologist at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust. She brings to the board expertise from the NHS, where she leads the diabetic retinopathy service, and Chairs the Diabetic Project Board. She is also involved in postgraduate medical education as an educational supervisor to junior doctors and as an honorary lecturer at Bradford University. In addition she now undertakes a voluntary role with the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. She is dedicated to Moor End Academy as a former student who discovered her passion for education in the Class of 1997.




Mr Richard Gilliland
Appointed to the Trust in June 2015, Richard is an ex-Moor End High School student, attending in the mid-1980s. Having extensive experience at senior level within the heavy vehicle and logistic support arena with both worldwide and local organisations, Richard was appointed for his expertise in both corporate and strategic planning, along with his understanding and experience in financial management, senior-level communications and detailed Health and Safety knowledge. Richard currently holds a directorship role within Scania, a national but family-owned company based in Manchester. He is committed to bringing his knowledge, experience and expertise to the South Pennine Academies team.




Prof. Tim Thornton
Tim is a professor of History who studied at New College, Oxford. In 1997 he was awarded the Royal Historical Society's David Berry Prize; in 1999 he was proxime accessit for the Society's Alexander Prize. He was the first scholar based in a new University to win one of the Society's prizes.

Tim has served in a variety of roles at the University of Huddersfield, including a secondment as Head of University Centre Barnsley during 2005-6 and time as Dean of the School of Music, Humanities and Media. He was appointed Pro Vice-chancellor (Teaching and Learning) in October 2008 and then became Deputy Vice-Chancellor in September 2015, being associated with the University’s achievement of Times Higher Education University of the Year and, most recently, Gold status under the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework and the Global Teaching Excellence Award.